Concerts and Performances at Krannert Art Museum

Concerts & Performances

Krannert Art Museum hosts free jazz, chamber music, dance, vocal, and spoken word performances every semester, providing new ways to experience the connections between the visual arts and other creative forms.

September  |  October  |  November  |  December



September 2015

Thursday, September 10 · 7 pm
KAM After Hours | SPEAK Cafe
"I spit because..."
SPEAK Café is an open-mic public space for hip-hop, activism, and Black Power expression. Organized and moderated by Shaya Robinson
Location: KAM Main Level, Palette Café [Map]

Sponsored in part by African American Studies, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, 40 North/88 West, and Krannert Art Museum


Thursday, September 17 · 7:30 pm
VOICE Reading Series
Featuring Jess Willard, Katherine Scott Nelson, and John Dudek
New poetry and fiction by students in the Creative Writing MFA Program
at the University of Illinois
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery [Map]

Sponsored in part by the Creative Writing MFA program and Krannert Art Museum


Saturday, September 19 · 2 pm
KAM Chamber Music Concert
Free chamber music concert produced in partnership with the University of Illinois School of Music
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery [Map]


Wednesday, September 23· 8 pm – 12 am
Pygmalion Festival | Opening Night Reception
See the full event schedule at www.thepygmalionfestival.com
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery [Map]


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October 2015


Thursday, October 8 · 7–9 pm
KAM After Hours | SPEAK Café
"Art Changes the Season"
Location: KAM Main Level, Palette Café [Map]


Thursday, October 22 · 7:30 pm
VOICE Reading Series
New poetry and fiction by students in the Creative Writing MFA Program
at the University of Illinois
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery [Map]


Jeff Chan's Chicago Clarinet Conglomerate, debut CD released by Asian Improv Records, 2011

Thursday, October 29 · 7:30 pm
Sudden Sound Concert
Featuring Jeff Chan's Chicago Clarinet Conglomerate

Chicago multi-instrumentalist/composer Jeff Chan formed the Chicago Clarinet Conglomerate in 2009 to deeply investigate multiple clarinet voicings for improvisation and composed works. The ensemble features AACM artists, acclaimed reedists Mwata Bowden and Ed Wilkerson, Jr., along with Asian Improv aRts Midwest founder and executive director Tatsu Aoki on bass and shamisen. The group's eponymous debut CD was released on Asian Improv Records in 2011.
Free Admission
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery [Map]


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November 2015


Thursday, November 5 ·7–9 pm
KAM After Hours | SPEAK Café
"P.E.A.C.E. Positive Energy Always Creates Elevation:
How can your words change the world?"
Location: KAM Main Level, Palette Café


Saturday, November 7 · 2 pm
KAM Chamber Music Concert
Free chamber music concert produced in partnership with the University of Illinois School of Music
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery [Map]


Thursday, November 12 · 7:30 pm
Sudden Sound Concert
Featuring Douglas Ewart and Quasar

Multi-instrumentalist Douglas R. Ewart is best known as a composer, improviser, sculptor, educator, community actiivist, and instrument maker who often utilizes found materials in his work. His long association with the AACM began as a student in 1967, as president from 1979 to 1986, and as a principal artist celebrating this year’s 50th anniversary of the organization.

Ewart's ensemble Quasar featuring Harrison Bankhead (cello), Prevas Roy (marimba), Walter Kitundu (invented instruments), Duriel Harris (poet), and Edward Wilkerson (reeds) blends music, poetry and song to express environmental concerns and celebrate the wholeness of individuals in culturally active communities.
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery [Map]

Presented as part of Sonified Sustainability Fest


Thursday, November 12 · 7:30 pm
November Dance 15 | Attachment
KAM and Dance at Illinois are both exploring the theme of attachment. November Dance 15 celebrates the choreographic contributions of inventive Dance faculty and students, both past and present.

Location: Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts


Friday, November 13 · 7:30 pm
November Dance 15 | Attachment
KAM and Dance at Illinois are both exploring the theme of attachment. November Dance 15 celebrates the choreographic contributions of inventive Dance faculty and students, both past and present.

Location: Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts


Saturday, November 14 · 7:30 pm
November Dance 15 | Attachment
KAM and Dance at Illinois are both exploring the theme of attachment. November Dance 15 celebrates the choreographic contributions of inventive Dance faculty and students, both past and present.

Location: Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts


Thursday, November 19 · 7:30 pm
VOICE Reading Series
New poetry and fiction by students in the Creative Writing MFA Program
at the University of Illinois
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery [Map]


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December 2015


Friday, December 4 · 3 pm
Senior Thesis Dance Performance | Eternal Prince and Untitled
Eternal Prince, choreographed by Dance at Illinois alumnus Paul Singh,
will be performed by Charles Gowin, a senior BFA in Dance.
Untitled
, choreographed by Gowin, is a full-length group work about Midwestern values deconstructed through movement in space; it is an examination of bodies in Midwestern environments, gender roles, and societal norms.
Free admission
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery


Saturday, December 5 · 2 pm
KAM Chamber Music Concert
Free chamber music concert produced in partnership with the University of Illinois School of Music
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery [Map]


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Sudden Sound Concert Series

For the finale of the 10th anniversary year of Sudden Sound concerts, series curator Jason Finkelman acknowledges milestones this year by the Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival celebrating its 20th anniversary and the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) celebrating its 50th anniversary. Krannert Art Museumis proud to present leading artists of organizations that have contributed significantly to improvised music and the jazz avant-garde in Chicago and throughout the world.
Curated by Jason Finkelman

Sponsored in part by the Edwards Foundation Arts Fund, Student Sustainability Committee, Analog Outfitters, MMS Rentals ∧ Production, and Krannert Art Museum with in-kind support provided by WEFT, 90.1 FM


October 29 · 7:30 pm
Featuring Jeff Chan's Chicago Clarinet Conglomerate
Chicago multi-instrumentalist/composer Jeff Chan formed the Chicago Clarinet Conglomerate in 2009 to deeply investigate multiple clarinet voicings for improvisation and composed works. The ensemble features AACM artists, acclaimed reedists Mwata Bowden and Ed Wilkerson, Jr., along with Asian Improv aRts Midwest founder and executive director Tatsu Aoki on bass and shamisen. The group's eponymous debut CD was released on Asian Improv Records in 2011.
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery [Map]


November 12 · 7:30 pm
Featuring Douglas R. Ewart and Quasar
Multi-instrumentalist Douglas R. Ewart is best known as a composer, improviser, sculptor, educator, community actiivist, and instrument maker who often utilizes found materials in his work. His long association with the AACM began as a student in 1967, as president from 1979 to 1986, and as a principal artist celebrating this year’s 50th anniversary of the organization.

Ewart's ensemble Quasar featuring Harrison Bankhead (cello), Prevas Roy (marimba), Walter Kitundu (invented instruments), Duriel Harris (poet), and Edward Wilkerson (reeds) blends music, poetry and song to express environmental concerns and celebrate the wholeness of individuals in culturally active communities.

Presented as part of Sonified Sustainability Fest

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VOICE Reading Series

The VOICE Reading Series showcases readings by fiction writers and poets from the Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Illinois.
Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery
Sponsored in part by the Creative Writing Program and Krannert Art Museum

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Images:

Pygmalion Festival
2014
Photo by Justine Bursoni
www.justinebursoni.com


Jeff Chan's Chicago Clarinet Conglomerate
Asian Improv Records
2010